Tyler Perry – the powerhouse director, actor, writer, and producer gave back to his community of Atlanta, Ga. on Sunday. He organized a Thanksgiving food giveaway through his production company, Tyler Perry Studios.
The event was announced on Thursday and took place today from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. outside of the studios’ headquarters. During the event, non-perishable food items and gift cards were distributed to up to 5,000 local families in need.
“First come, first serve of 5,000 families while supplies last. Although we wish that we could feed everyone in need we will close the line at the 5,000th family,” the event’s poster read.
According to local news station – Fox 5 Atlanta, the line for the giveaway stretched for miles. Fox 5 reporter Emilie Ikeda tweeted a video of the event, saying that “the first car in line got here at 3 p.m… YESTERDAY,” and that the lines caused “back-ups on Langford Pkwy and I-20.”
In a bid to keep the families safe from Covid-19, the event was conducted as a drive-thru and required families to stay in their cars while receiving food. The event also required face masks to be worn at all times.
Tyler Perry, however, is a gift that just keeps giving. In April, he gave $21,000 in tips to workers at one of his favorite local restaurants and paid for the groceries of Atlanta seniors. “I Just to try and use what I’ve been given – this platform [and] the gifts that I’ve managed to have – to celebrate and encourage and lift other people.”
Adding Tyler Perry to the list of ‘things’ to be grateful for this Thanksgiving wouldn’t be a bad idea; right?